Thursday – Sunday / This ain’t your average Donner Party : All weekend, the NOLA Project presents an original performance based off of the 80s and 90s adventure-based computer game, The Oregon Trail. Sit back and enjoy a night of misadventures, dysfunctional families, and Western traditions. The show starts at 8 PM at the Allways Lounge (2240 St Calude). Tickets are $10 in advance,or $15 at the door. The show will run again next week from Wednesday through Sunday.
Saturday / It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas : The city isn’t wasting any time decking the halls with holly and jolly. The French Market hosts their annual tree lighting, complete with other holiday festivities, from 11 AM – 7 PM at Washington Artillery Park. HIghlights include an appearance by St Nick, carolers, a pedicab parade, live music, and, of course, the 27 foot fleur de lys-topped tree lighting at 6 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday / Living history : As part of their “Occupy New Orleans! Voices from the Civil War” series, the Historic New Orleans Collection (533 Royal) presents a ‘living history’ performance; comrpised of song, music, theater, magic tricks, and witty banter; by trio Roscoe, Lee, and Abadie. The trios music stylings will cover everything from pop music of the mid 19th century to spiritual hymns to Patriotic music. The performance will run from noon – 4 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
Free festival season is in full swing, and this weekend’s Central City Fest will showcase some of the incredible renovations happening in the heart of Central City. Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra recently announced plans to convert the old Gator’s Discount store into ‘The New Orleans Jazz Market’, featuring a theatre, rehearsal space, and an interactive museum preserving the rich jazz history of New Orleans. His headlining slot at the Central City Fest this weekend will be a ‘welcome to the neighborhood’ party you won’t want to miss. The fest also includes performances by the Treme Brass Band and Creole Wild West, plus all the great food and drink you expect from a New Orleans festival.
Saturday / Stomping ground : Party with the 610 Stompers at their 2014 calendar release party, from 8 PM – midnight, at the Warehouse Grille (869 Magazine). The event will include calendar signings by costumed Stompers, music by DJ Hammer, a Budweiser draft, and, naturally, dancing with the Stompers, themselves. Guests are encouraged to dress in 80s attire with mustaches (regular clothes are fine too). Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; tickets include complimentary calendars.
Chelsea Lee is assistant editor of NolaVie. Email comments to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.